'Occupy Wall Street' Update: Alleged Police Brutality Caught In Pepper-Spray Video

usla 'Occupy Wall Street' Update: Alleged Police Brutality Caught In Pepper Spray VideoAt 1:45 this afternoon, The New York Times‘ City Blog posted a video from Saturday’s “Occupy Wall Street” protest march. The clip, which first received attention when it was picked up  by USLAW.com’s YouTube account, plays in slow-motion, showing a “high ranking member” of the NYPD approaching a group of women standing behind orange netting and spraying a substance directly into their faces. The video identifies the spray as either Mace or pepper-spray, which would concur with reports the New York Observer received on the ground yesterday from Nathan Schneider of wagingnonviolence.org, who told us that “a woman who was pepper-sprayed” was speaking to Democracy Now.


As of the time of this writing, the NYPD has not returned a request for comment to The New York Times. Yesterday alone saw 80 people arrested during the march, and with the so-called “media blackout” over, the attention given to “Occupy Wall Street” has turned in the protesters’ favor. With the release of this second video, showing what appears to be excessive police force (an earlier video Wednesday showed a man being pulled through the streets by the police), public sympathy will most certainly be on the side of the women, not the NYPD, which is why someone in the police department needs to issue a statement about the footage, and fast.

Comments

  1. FURIOUS says:

    ALLEGED?????

  2. Keller197644 says:

    I wonder why they were pinned up in the first place. All I ask is people think. This is an awful thing to see and is most definitely police brutality. However, if I were captured in a video of just me punching a random harmless looking guy in the face and not the 30 seconds before where the same guy sexual assaulted my girlfriend, i’m pretty sure i’d be viewed as the bad guy too for defending my girlfriend.

    1. hello says:

      There are other videos that run up to right before this one. The women were walking down the sidewalk and stopped by the officers. They asked repeatedly why they were being stopped, where the cops wanted them to go (“Do you want us to go into this garage?”)  and reminding the police that they were lawfully walking down the sidewalk–NOT the steet– and the cops were silent. As they were being kettled, police tackled a photographer and the women started chanting “shame shame shame!” in response. Finally, a women was pulled to the ground and pulled BY HER HAIR from the sidewalk to the street under the barrier as the officer with the pepper spray approached, sprayed the girls, quickly turned, and walked off.

    2. Anonymous says:

      They were penned because it was crowd control. These girls didn’t do anything. There are a lot of good police officers; let’s not defend the bad ones.

      1. layla says:

        There are a lot of bad ones too, too many bad ones…especially at this protest.

  3. layla says:

    NYPD is corrupt and brutal. This should not be aloud! Why hasn’t anyone done anything about these officers yet? Are we not aloud to protest peacefully?

  4. layla says:

    The NYPD look like they’re having a blast. They love times like this, gives them more of an opportunity to abuse their “power”.

  5. Jackie says:

    I am so disgusted by everything I have seen the cops do to these innocent people!!  What a joke these cops are!!  Why do we even have cops? All they are are bullies with guns and protection from the law! Go do your job and  arrest murderers and rapists. WTF are these people doing that is so wrong?

  6. Dffsdsdfds says:

    it’s not alleged if its caught on tape.

  7. Herm says:

    It’s a fact that many police officers are adrenaline junkies and need their fill at times like these. First we had a crime problem so we hired cops…now we have a cop problem.

  8. Anonymous says:

    There they go at it again. The police wanting to cover something up….
    By taking there BRUTALITY videos off the internet.  These police
    beatings been going on for years….. and years …. From state… to
    state …. from community… to community….and  in my community since i
    was a child. I witness People , friends beaten to a pulp. for no reason
    at all . Certain People are finally seeing it now. And the police dont
    want the truth exposed. what they been doing for years. I can go on, and
    on, why this is happening … 1st of all: There trained that way, There
    the biggest gang ever license to kill. if you dont have a badge and not
    above the law like them . You are  looked at , as there ENEMY ! Also 
    lots of city younger cops are working out in gyms. taking Steroids,
    TRUST ME ITS A KNOWN FACT ! if you  really look at them there so 
    agitated and cocky pumped up, on steroids.when there beating some one.
    there so out of control they cant even stop. usually  another cop has to
    stop it . They should be drug tested…  And  the scary part of this is
    ? The POLICE don’t even realize  we are all pawns in ONE  BIG CHESS
    GAME… for the SUPER RICH to control this world. and take all our FREEDOMS AWAY!!!! This has been written in books along time ago. And now we see it truly happening. its a cancer that will spread if we don’t stop it .
    And poeple are trying too and  getting beatings from the police for it.
    These same police would of been the ones to put JESUS on a cross.(IM
    NOT TRYING TO BE RELIGIOUS>>>> BUT ….. AMERICA PLEASE WAKE
    UP !!!!!!!

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  10. Kaabi Med says:

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  11. Franklin Stone says:

    This is unacceptable. These people have the right to be there. Show me in what legal decision, that any part of the constitution has caveats of any kind to local or state governments regulations for regular public space.

  12. CMMS says:

    Disgusting PIGS!  You forget you are CIVIL SERVANTS! I would love to see cops beaten and pepper sprayed!

  13. Fat, Coors light swilling, cop… last time I checked, you take orders… dogs take orders. You are do as you are told and follow orders, like an obedient lap dog. You are nothing.